Design Week underway in Saskatoon

Design is all around us. From our homes to the buildings where we work, from product brochures to billboards, from public parks to roads and bridges, the world around us has been shaped and molded for both function and beauty. Much of what we see in the world has been created by applied design professionals.


Taking place from October 26-30, 2009, Design Week has been established to illustrate the importance and impact of applied design in our daily lives. This year’s event will focus, in part, on the increasingly important topic of sustainable design. The range of disciplines encompasses architecture, community planning, engineering, graphic design, interior design and landscape architecture.



Speaker Series

Opening night kicks off at 6:30pm on Monday, October 26 at the Frank and Ellen Remai Arts Centre (Persephone Theatre), located at 100 Spadina Crescent East with lectures by Professor Cynthia Girling and Angelika Ortlepp. Girling is Chair of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of British Columbia, and Ortlepp is an electrical engineer and owner of Suncatcher Solar, a leading Saskatchewan solar engineering company providing renewable energy solutions for commercial and residential customers. Admission is free.


On Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, George Dark and Bill Black speak at the Saskatoon Club, located at 417 21st Street East. Dark is an urban designer and landscape architect working with Urban Strategies, a full-service planning and urban design firm, based in Toronto. From a national park in Barbados to Toronto’s waterfront, Dark has led many of the firm’s largest, most complex projects. Black is National Director of Strategic Business Solutions at Haworth’s Canadian headquarters in Calgary. Haworth is a leading manufacturer of modular interior solutions for commercial office space. Admission is free.


Patrick Stewart takes the podium on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30pm at the Roxy Theatre, located at 320 20th Street West. Stewart is a highly acclaimed Nisga’a architect and community planner from British Columbia. His presentation, entitled Indigeneity in Architecture & Urban Design: A Saskatchewan Context, will engage the audience in one of the most important questions for architects, planners and landscape architects in Saskatchewan: What is the potential for indigeneity in urban design? Admission is free.


On Friday, October 30, as part of the Building Saskatchewan Green 6th Annual Conference Expo, the luncheon keynote will be delivered by Daniel Roehr from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm in Salon A of TCU Place, located at 35 22nd Street East. Roehr is a registered landscape architect in Berlin and Vancouver and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. His research areas include green roofs, green façades, green streets and agriculture in cities. An admission fee of $25 includes lunch and conference tradeshow admission. Please call Marilyn at 306.665.3441 to reserve tickets.


Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Design

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Design will be exhibited from Monday, October 26 to Tuesday, October 27 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Wednesday, October 28 from 9:00am until noon at the the Frank and Ellen Remai Arts Centre at Persephone Theatre, located at 100 Spadina Crescent East. Admission is free.


The Premier’s Design Awards du @ zu presentation takes place on Friday, October 30 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at zu, located at 303 Pacific Avenue. The awards are hosted by zu in their newly renovated office (formerly A&B Sound). This will be a less formal occasion than in previous years with a DJ, snacks and a cash bar. Aside from the presentation of the awards, there will also be a series of fast-paced slide presentations from local design professionals and a presentation from ImaginIT, a leading provider of design and engineering enterprise solutions. Admission to the event is $35, and $20 for students. Please call Jeff at 306.652.5044 to reserve tickets or purchase them online at (keyword “DCS”)


Building Saskatchewan Green 6th Annual Conference Expo

The Building Saskatchewan Green 6th Annual Conference Expo takes place from Thursday, October 29 to Friday, October 30 at TCU Place, located at 35 22nd Street East. This conference arose from a desire to see more sustainable design practices employed in Saskatchewan building and community developments. It also highlights some recent Saskatchewan projects and tries to renew interest in sustainable development in the province. For more information, p
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